McClelland leaves Prairie View to become AD at Texas Southern
Arpril 9, 2008
Fox 26 Sports in Houston has reported that Prairie View A&M athletics director Charles MeClelland will be named AD at Texas Southern. TSU has scheduled a news conference for Thursday (Apr 10) to introduce McClelland.
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He will succeed Alois Blackwell who was fired in February. Recently hired head football coach Johnnie Cole has served as AD in the interim.
"I am excited about accepting the athletics director's job at Texas Southern but I am not going to make any further comment until the news conference tomorrow," McClelland said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
McClelland submitted his resignation to PVAM president George Wright Wednesday morning.
"I view Charles McClelland's resignation and going to TSU as a great loss for us," Wright said. "I hate to see him leave. He did a very good job in a very challenging situation."
McClelland had been AD at Prairie View for eight years. The program had won 14 SWAC titles in the last five years.
During the 2006-07 season, Panther Athletics won the SWAC's C.D. Henry Award, symbolic of overall excellence among the conference's male sponsored sports. PVAM finished second overall in the 2006-07 SWAC Commissioner's Cup race, symbolic of overall athletic excellence in the conference.
Going into this year's spring sports season, PVAM ranked second overall in the race for the 2008 SWAC Commissioner's Cup. Texas Southern was ninth in the ten team rankings.